NC Evacuation Orders & List of Shelters

RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper today urged North Carolinians to stay on guard as Hurricane Florence approaches the state, bringing high winds and the threat of catastrophic and potentially record-breaking rainfall and storm surge.

“My message today: Do not relax, do not get complacent. Stay on guard,” Gov. Cooper said. “This is a powerful storm that can kill. Now is the time to get yourself to a safe place and stay there.”

As the storm approaches, Gov. Cooper urged North Carolinians to follow common-sense tips to stay safe:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors, and keep curtains and blinds closed
  • Close all interior doors and secure and brace external doors
  • During fierce winds, take shelter in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • Never drive through standing or moving water
  • Follow radio and other reports closely for wind, tornado and flood warnings

Thousands of Evacuees in Shelters

Approximately 7,000 people fleeing the storm have taken shelter at 108 shelters open across the state. State emergency management officials are working to set up even more shelters where people can stay safe through the storm and even after. Other evacuees are sheltering with family and friends or in hotels.

Shelters began opening Tuesday, with more in the process of opening today to take in people displaced by evacuations. Shelter locations are listed at and, once open, will be listed on the ReadyNC app.

2-1-1 Call Line Open 24/7 for People in Need of Help

The statewide information line can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text Florence to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources.

Impact and Timing of the Storm

The eye of Hurricane Florence is spinning off the coast about 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington. While wind speeds have dropped slightly making it a Category 2 storm, Florence will still have a devastating impact on North Carolina with torrential rain, historic storm surge and high winds. The storm is expected to make a very slow westward motion near the coast through Saturday. Forecasters emphasize significant impacts could extend well away from the center of Florence.

A deep storm surge as high as 9-to-13 feet will inundate portions of the coast. The surge will affect homes close to tidal creeks and waterways farther inland than normal. Extreme beach erosion with significant loss of dunes and the potential for the creation of new inlets on barrier islands is possible.

Heavy rain will enter the state early Thursday in the southeast and last into the weekend and into early next week across the state. Anywhere from 20-to-30” of rain with isolated totals of 40” will drench the coast. Central, western, and northeastern NC could get 5-to-10” of rain with isolated totals of 20” possible.

“Make no mistake–whether the eye of the storm makes landfall along our shores or farther south, we’re on the wrong side of it. This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina,” Gov. Cooper warned.

Forecasters are predicting the massive storm’s relentless rains have the potential to produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding while also contributing to the potential for landslides across the mountains. Floodwaters may enter tens of thousands of structures, and could make many uninhabitable. The state has been sharing this information with local officials to help them determine when and where to order evacuations.

Tropical storm force winds are already blowing across the coast now with hurricane conditions arriving early Friday. The high winds will likely snap or uproot numerous trees. The storm may also spawn tornadoes

Utility companies are predicting power outages that could reach between one-to-three million across both North and South Carolina for days and possibly weeks.

Resources on Hand to Respond to the Storm

Governor Cooper has activated more than 2,800 National Guard soldiers to preserve life and safety, provide route clearance of roads, and support communications and logistics. North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA have staged supplies and equipment strategically to respond to the storm, and first responders across the state are ready.Additional emergency personnel from 13 states have arrived in North Carolina to assist with the storm, including swift water rescue teams, emergency medical personnel, and others.

Schools, Universities and State Parks, Museums, and Attractions Closed for Safety

Across North Carolina, more than 56 school districts are closed, and nearly all University of North Carolina system schools cancelled classes.

All NC state parks are already closed or will close today and will remain closed through Sunday. Many state museums and other attractions are also closed. For the full list of closings, visit the DNCR website.


The Governor’s Office has activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for donations to support North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence. To donate, visit

Download the Ready NC app or follow NC Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.



      • Alamance County:
        • The Lamb’s Chapel; Open
          415 Roxboro Rd.
          Haw River, NC 27258
      • Bertie County:
        • Bertie County Middle School; Open
          652 US 13N
          Windsor, NC 27983
        • Colerain Elementary School; Open
          202 North Academy Street
          Colerain, NC 27924
        • West Bertie Elementary School; Open
          3734 Governors Rd.
          Kelford, NC 27847
      • Beaufort County:
        • Washington High School; Open
          400 Slatestone Rd.
          Washington, NC 27889
        • Beaufort County Animal Control (open only for pets belonging to individuals sheltering in Beaufort County shelters)
          3931 US 264 East
          Washington, NC 27889
      • Bladen County:
        • West Bladen High (Medical Needs and pet-friendly); Open
          1600 NC 410 Hwy.
          Bladenboro, NC 28320
        • East Bladen High; Open
          5600 NC 87 Hwy.
          Elizabethtown, NC 28337
        • Bladen Lakes School; Open
          9554 Johnsontown Road
          Elizabethtown, NC 28337
        • East Arcadia School; Open
          21451 NC Hwy 87 East
          Riegelwood, NC 28456
      • Brunswick County:
        • South Brunswick High School; Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          280 Cougar Road
          Boiling Springs Lake, NC 28461
        • North Brunswick High School; Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          114 Scorpion Dr NE
          Leland, NC 28451
        • West Brunswick High School (pet-friendly); Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          550 Whiteville Rd NW
          Shallotte, NC 28470
      • Carteret County:
        • Newport Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
          500 East Chatham Street
          Newport, NC 28570
      • Chatham County:
        • Chatham Middle School (pet-friendly); Opens Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
          2025 S 2nd Avenue Ext.
          Siler City, NC 27344
        • Northwood High School (pet-friendly); Opens Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
          310 Northwood High School Rd.
          Pittsboro, NC 27312
      • Chowan County:
        • John A. Holmes High School; Open
          600 Woodard St.
          Edenton, NC 27932
        • Chowan Middle School (Pet-Friendly); Open
          2845 Virginia Road
          Tyner, NC 27980
      • Columbus County:
        • West Columbus High School; Open
          7294 Andrew Jackson Highway SW
          Cerro Gordo, NC 28430
        • East Columbus High School; Open
          32 Gator Lane
          Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
        • Guideway Elementary School; Open
          11570 Swamp Fox Hwy East
          Tabor City, NC 28463
        • South Columbus High School; Open
          40 Stallion Drive
          Tabor City, NC 28463
        • Edgewood Elementary School (pet-friendly); Open
          317 E. Calhoun St.
          Whiteville, NC 28472
      • Craven County:
        • Havelock High School; Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          101 Webb Blvd.
          Havelock, NC 28352
        • Brinson Elementary School; Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          319 Neuse Forest Ave.
          New Bern, NC 28560
        • Benn Quinn Elementary School (pet-friendly); Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          4275 Martin Luther King Blvd.
          New Bern, NC 28562
        • Farm Life Elementary School; Opening date/time – To Be Determined
          2000 Farm Life Ave.
          Vanceboro, NC 28586
      • Cumberland County: 
        • Mac Williams Middle School; Open
          4644 Clinton Road
          Fayetteville, NC 28312
        • National Guard Armory
          3555 Owen Dr.
          Fayetteville, NC 28306
          (Designated for Jones County evacuees)
        • Pine Forest High School (pet-friendly); Open
          525 Andrews Road
          Fayetteville, NC 28311
        • Seventy-First High School; Open
          6764 Raeford Road
          Fayetteville, NC 28304
        • Smith Recreation Center (pet-friendly); Open
          1520 Slater Ave.
          Fayetteville, NC 28301
        • Kiwanis Recreation Center; Open
          252 Devers St.
          Fayetteville, NC
        • Southview High School (pet-friendly); Open
          4184 Elk Road
          Hope Mills, NC 28348
        • W. T. Brown Elementary School; Open
          2522 Andrews Church Road
          Spring Lake, NC 28390
      • Duplin County:
        • Beulaville Elementary School; Open
          214 Jones St.
          Beulaville, NC 28518
        • East Duplin High School; Open
          394 N. NC 111 Highway
          Beulaville, NC 28518
        • Kenansville Elementary School; Open
          328 Limestone Road
          Kenansville, NC 28349
        • Wallace-Rose Hill High; Open
          602 High School Rd.
          Teachey, NC 28464
        • North Duplin Elementary School; Open
          157 N. Duplin School Rd.
          Mount Olive, NC 28365
        • James Kenan High School (pet-friendly); Open
          1241 NC 24 &50 Hwy.
          Warsaw, NC 28398
      • Durham County:
        • Hillside High School (pet-friendly); Open
          3727 Fayetteville Rd.
          Durham, NC 27707
        • Bahama Ruritan Club; Open
          8202 Stagville Rd.
          Bahama, NC 27503
      • Edgecombe County:
        • D.S. Johnson Elementary School; Open
          600 N. Fairview Road
          Rocky Mount, NC 27801
        • North Edgecombe High School; Open
          7589 N.C. 33-NW
          Tarboro, NC 27886
        • Tarboro High School; Open
          1400 Howard Ave.
          Tarboro, NC 27886
        • Martin Millennium Academy; Open
          400 E. Johnston St.
          Tarboro, NC 27886
        • GW Carver Elementary School; Open
          604 E. Hamlet St.
          Pinetops, NC 27864
      • Forsyth County:
        • Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum; Open
          2825 University Pkwy
          Winston-Salem, NC 27105
      • Franklin County:
        • National Guard Armory; Open
          200 S Bickett Blvd
          Louisburg, NC 27549
      • Gates County:
        • Gates County High School (pet-friendly); Open
          88 US Highway 158 West
          Gatesville, NC 27938
      • Granville County: Opening one shelter Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.
      • Greene County:
        • Greene Central High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.
          140 School Drive
          Snow Hill, NC 28580
      • Guilford County: Open
        • Glenwood Center
          2010 Coliseum Boulevard
          Greensboro, NC
      • Halifax County:
        • Enfield Middle School; Open
          13697 Hwy 481
          Enfield, NC
        • Willima R. Davie Middle School; Open
          4391 US Highway 158
          Roanoke Rapids, NC
        • The Centre at Halifax Community College (pet-friendly); Open
          100 College Drive
          Weldon, NC 2789
        • Scotland Neck Senior Center; Open
          1403 Church Street
          Scotland Neck, NC 27874
      • Harnett County:
        • Triton High School (pet-friendly); Opening Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
          215 Maynard Lake Road
          Erwin, NC 28339
        • Overhills High School;  Opening Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
          2495 Ray Road
          Spring Lake, NC 28390
      • Hertford County:
        • Hertford County High School (pet-friendly); Open
          1326 1st St. West
          Ahoskie, NC 27910
        • Hertford County Middle School; Open
          1850 NC Highway 11
          Murfreesboro, NC 27855
      • Hoke County:
        • Don Steed Elementary School (pet-friendly); Open
          800 Phillipi Church Rd
          Raeford, NC 28376
        • Sandy Grove Middle School; Open
          300 Chason Road
          Lumber Bridge, NC 28377
  • Johnston County:
    • Clayton High School
      600 Fayetteville St.
      Clayton, NC 27520
    • North Johnston Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      435 Oil Company Rd.
      Micro, NC 27555
    • Benson Middle School; Open
      1600 North Wall St.
      Benson, NC 27504
    • West Johnston High School (Pet-Friendly); Open
      3935 Raleigh Rd.
      Benson, NC 27504
  • Lee County:
    • National Guard Armory; Open
      2214 Nash St.
      Sanford, NC 27331
      (Designated for coastal evacuees)
    • SanLee Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      2309 Tramway Road
      Sanford, NC
  • Lenoir County:
    • South Lenoir High School (pet-friendly); Open
      3355 NC Highway 11 South
      Deep Run, NC 28525
    • North Lenoir High School; Open
      2400 Institute Road
      LaGrange, NC 28551
    • Lenoir Community College (pet-friendly); Open
      231 NC Highway 58
      Kinston, NC 28504
  • Martin County: 
    • Riverside Middle School; Open
      2920 US Hwy 17
      Williamston, NC 27892
  • Mecklenburg County:
    • Ardrey Kell High School (pet-friendly); Open
      10220 Ardrey Kell
      Charlotte, NC 28277
    • East Mecklenburg High School (pet-friendly); Open
      6800 Monroe Road
      Charlotte, NC 28212
    • North Mecklenburg High School; Open
      11201 Old Statesville Road
      Huntersville, NC 28078
    • South Mecklenburg High School; Open
      8900 Park Road
      Charlotte, NC 28210
    • West Mecklenburg High School; Open
      7400 Tuckaseegee Rd.
      Charlotte, NC 28214
  • Moore County:
    • Agricultural Building; Open
      707 Pinehurst Ave.
      Carthage, NC 28327
  • Nash County:
    • Englewood Baptist Church (pet-friendly); Open
      1350 S Winstead Ave.
      Rocky Mount, NC 27803
    • Nash Central High School; Open
      4279 Nash Central High Rd.
      Rocky Mount, NC 27804
    • Southern Nash High School (pet-friendly); Open
      6446 Southern Nash High Rd.
      Bailey, NC 27807
  • New Hanover County:
    • Trask Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      2900 N College Rd.
      Wilmington, NC 28405
    • Codington Elementary School; Open
      4321 Carolina Beach Rd.
      Wilmington, NC28412
    • Johnson Pre-K Center; Open
      1100 McRae St.
      Wilmington, NC 28401
    • Noble Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      6520 Noble Middle School
      Wilmington, NC 28405
    • Eaton Elementary School (pet-friendly); Open
      6701 Gordon Rd.
      Wilmington, NC 28411
  • Northampton County:
    • Conway Middle School; Open
      400 East Main St.
      Conway, NC 27820
    • Northampton High School Gaston; Open
      152 Hurricane Drive
      Gaston, NC 27832
    • Northampton Cultural and Wellness Center (pet-friendly); Open
      9536 NC 305 Highway
      Jackson, NC 27845
  • Orange County:
    • Smith Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      9201 Seawell School Road
      Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    • CW Stanford Middle School (pet-friendly); Open
      308 Orange High School Road
      Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Pamlico County:
    • Pamlico Community College (pet-friendly); Open
      5049 NC 306 Highway South
      Grantsboro, NC 28529
  • Pasquotank County:
    • Kermit E White Center; Open
      1704 Weeksville Rd.
      Elizabeth City, NC 27909
  • Pender County: 
    • Topsail Elementary School; Open
      17385 US-17
      Hampstead, NC 28443
    • Cape Fear Middle School; Open
      1886 NC-133
      Rocky Point, NC 28457
    • Malpass Corners Elementary School; Open
      4992 Malpass Corner Rd.
      Burgaw, NC 28425
    • Burgaw Middle School pet-friendly; Open
      500 S Wright St.
      Burgaw, NC 28425
  • Perquimans County:
    • Perquimans High School; Open
      305 South Edenton Road Street
      Hertford, NC 27944
  • Person County:
    • Clement Baptist Church (pet-friendly); Open
      8480 Burlington Road
      Hurdle Mills, NC 27541
  • Pitt County: 
    • Ayden Middle School; Open
      1207 West 3rd Street
      Ayden, NC 28513
    • Farmville Middle School; Open
      800 Grimmersburg Street
      Farmville, NC 27828
    • EB Aycock Middle School; Open
      1325 Red Banks Road
      Greenville, NC 27858
    • Hope Middle School; Open
      2995 Mills Road
      Greenville, NC 27858
    • Walter B. Jones ADA (functional medical support shelter); Open
      2577 W. 5th Street
      Greenville, NC 27834
    • Wellcome Middle School; Open
      3101 N. Memorial Drive
      Greenville, NC 27834
  • Richmond County:
    • Richmond Senior High School; Open
      828 US 1 Hwy
      Rockingham, NC 28379
  • Robeson County:
    • Purnell Sweet High School; Opens Thursday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.
      11344 Deep Branch Road
      Pembroke, NC 28372
    • Fairmont Middle School; Open
      402 Iona Street
      Fairmont, NC 28340
    • St. Pauls High School; Open
      648 North Old Stage Road
      St. Pauls, NC 28384
    • Lumberton Senior High School; Open
      3901 Fayetteville Road
      Lumberton, NC 28358
  • Sampson County:
    • Clinton High School; Open
      340 Indian Town Rd.
      Clinton, NC 28328
    • Sampson County Adult Day Care
      210 Fisher Drive
      Clinton, NC 28328
    • Hobbton Middle School; Open
      12081 Hobbton Highway
      Newton Grove, NC 28366
    • Midway High School; Open
      15274 Spivey’s Corner Highway
      Dunn, NC 28366
    • Lakewood High School; Open
      245 Lakewood School Rd.
      Salemburg, NC 28385
    • Sampson Middle; Open
      1201 West Elizabeth St
      Clinton, NC
    • Sampson Couinty Livestock; Open
      1020 Taylors Bridge Hwy
      Clinton, NC
    • Plainview Elementary; Open
      4140 Plainview Highway
      Dunn, NC
    • Hobbton Elementary School; Open
      12361 Hobbton Highway
      Newton Grove, NC 28366
    • Hobbton High School; Open
      12201 Hobbton Highway
      Newton Grove, NC 28366
    • Roseboro Elementary; Open
      180 Butler Island Road
      Roseboro, NC
  • Scotland County:
    • Scotland County High School (pet-friendly); Open
      1200 West Church Street
      Laurinburg, NC 28352
    • National Guard Armory; Open
      1520 South Main St.
      Laurinburg, NC 28352
  • Wake County:
    • Garner High School; Open
      2141 Spring Drive
      Garner, NC 27529
    • Knightdale High School (pet-friendl); Open
      100 Bryan Chalk Ln.
      Knightdale, NC 27545
    • Southeast Raleigh High School (pet-friendly); Open
      2600 Rock Quarry Road
      Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Warren County:
    • Warren County High School (pet-friendly); Open
      149 Campus Drive
      Warrenton, NC 27589
  • Washington County:
    • Pines Elementary School; Open
      3177 US Highway 64 East
      Plymouth, NC 27962
  • Wayne County:
    • Tommy’s Road Elementary; Open
      1150 Tommy’s Road
      Goldsboro, NC 27534
    • Wayne Academy; Open
      801 North Lionel Street
      Goldsboro, NC 27530
    • Carver Elementary; Open
      400 Old Seven Springs Rd.
      Mount Olive, NC  28365
    • Spring Creek High School; Open
      4340 Indian Springs Road
      Seven Springs, NC 28578
  • Wilson County:
    • Fike High School (pet-friendly); Open
      500 Harrison Dr N
      Wilson, NC 27893